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Post by newhunter on Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:20 pm

Hello everyone. I am new here. Looks like a great site so far. Hope to have some fun and meet new people and share stories....well yours anyway, all mine suck and end the same way....eating tag soup.

I picked up a bow for the first time in 2002, managed to get the things I needed to hit the woods that season. Spent several days sitting in my stand watching tree rats run around. For the past 13 years it has been the same for me. Scout as much as possible and still get nothing. I know I am doing something wrong ..... just not sure what though. The areas I scout show great sign and the go dead come opening day and the rest of the season. While scouting I do my best to keep my scent down to a minimum and as season gets closer I try even harder. I have a trail camera, but I am VERY hesitant to hang it on public land.

The area my brother and I are looking at for this season has a ton of tracks going from east to west, then approximately 50-60 yards south they are going west to east, so we know we have found a prefered travel route. Some rather large tracks are also in the mix, but mainly medium to small tracks. We haven't found any rubs from last year or this year yet, we are going out tomorrow to see if anything new has developed.

Anyone else here from my neck of the woods?
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Post by Towboater on Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:15 am

Welcome! I am new as well. My luck has been a little better, I have been on public land for roughly 4 years now but have been hunting almost 20 years. A trail camera is key some things to look at to avoid someone taking it is to hang it high where it is not accessible easily or a lock. Walk the entire area and learn it. Find reasons for them to travel whether it is bedding areas or food. From the sounds of it you are possibly hunting night travel areas. Scout other hunters and learn where they go and get away from them. It may only be 150 yards from where you park or it could be a 3 mile hike.
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Post by Waiting4Fall on Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:10 am

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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:25 pm

Welcome Towboater. I am heading out today to do a bit more scouting. I am hoping this area is not a night time travel route. I am thinking about hanging my trail camera, IDK. I really don't want to lose a $250 piece of equipment. I will post any new finds. If I hang my trail camera it will be high up and to get to it someone would need a ladder or a climber. Hopefully it won't be seen though.
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Post by Towboater on Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:07 pm

I would purchase a cheap camera and use it just in case. You also may need to re think how you come in to your hunting spot. Try something new.
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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:18 pm

We have a few paths that we can take getting in and out. Today will hopefully clear things up a bit more.
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Post by Towboater on Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:45 pm

As season progresses their habits change as well so remember that.
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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:09 pm

I know. Thank you. We actually have 20+ stand locations we have checked out in hopes of tagging a deer or two this season.
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Post by Towboater on Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:54 pm

Sounds like your on the right track then! Never hurts to have a climber in your artillery as well
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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:11 pm

Climber is all I use. Lol.
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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:13 pm

Found a ton more tracks and other sign, no tree rubs yet. Decided on a couple new stand locations as well. Looking good so far for this season.
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Post by Towboater on Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:26 pm

Rubs I have found don't mean much. Scrapes are another story
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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:39 pm

Haven't seen any of those yet. Might go out and make a mock scrape later in the week.
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Post by Towboater on Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:41 pm

Possibly work. Nothing much will work until late Oct early Nov. Now they are vocal right now breaking up bachelor groups and establishing their area.
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Post by newhunter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:42 pm

When is a good time to start soft calling blindly?
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